Sunday, 28th November 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Cowan Bridge, Springs Wood, Ease Gill Kirk, Casterton Fell, Bull Pot Farm, Barbon Fell, Brownthwaite Pike, Whoop Hall Inn, Cowan Bridge
Start Point: Village Hall car park Grid Reference: SD 635 764
Distance: 13.3 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: A sunny but very cold day with snow underfoot
Comments: A sunny but very cold day was forecast and fortunately today's walk could cope well with the conditions underfoot , which varied from a light dusting of snow to sheet ice. The sun may not hold much warmth this time of year but it certainly made a difference with the air in the valleys biting at our faces. After crossing Ease Gill a sunny spot, with a number of rocks to choose from, made the ideal spot for elevenses. Then the bravest among us (namely 'the men') took the route up the dry waterfall to Ease Gill Kirk, while the wiser members (namely 'the women') took the easier route. Meeting inside the Kirk there was much discussion about previous walks passing this way and the possibility of climbing the main dry waterfall section. It was decided to leave the climb for a more suitable day - the cold conditions not making it an attractive proposition (nothing to do with passing years, etc. etc.) Walking along the dry river bed needed care with a covering of snow on the rocks but it was on the fell path where some of us found patches of ice, and Phil found a deep muddy hole!! Our route continued onto Barbon Fell with great views over snow covered fields and the Lakeland Fells visible in the distance - giving Garry an opportunity to test out his new binoculars. After visiting Brownthwaite Pike it was all down hill along tracks and through fields to reach the cars as the light was beginning to go. A great day, making the most of the daylight.

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Phil warms up with a cup of coffee before we leave the car park . . .

 

 along an easy path . . .

 

which soon shows signs of the results of the recent cold weather

 

Entering Springs Wood . . .

 

where it is rather cold out of the sun . . .

 

and along the shaded side of the valley

 

A stretch along the fell path gives us time to warm up . . .

 

but it looks pretty cold down in the gill!

 

After crossing Ease Gill we find a sunny spot for elevenses . . .

 

and Garry checks out the route while Tony guards the stile . . .

 

and Phil tries out some black & white photography

 

Looking back down the gill . . .

 

and onwards to the dry waterfall . . .

 

where a few obstacles are encountered

 

The sun on the bright green moss contrasts with the stark coldness of the Gill . . .

 

and the ladies offer advice on the best route!!!

 

The entrance to Ease Gill Kirk . . .

 

with the only other way out being up the dry waterfall . . .

 

and much discussion takes place (it's a 'man' thing!)

 

A 'rock face' keeps an eye on proceedings - except it doesn't have an eye!

 

After leaving the Kirk behind . . .

 

we head up the dry river bed - with care . . .

 

checking out a pot hole on the way

 

Careful Ian!!

 

The views are spectacular as we climb higher . . .

 

and reach another waterfall . . .

 

where the river has cut a deep channel in the rock . . .

 

and icicles hang from the walls . . .

 

which are more impressive close up

 

Crossing above the waterfall we are thankful to be back in the sunshine . . .

 

and admire the views to the top of the fells in the distance

 

A number of posts guide us across Casterton Fell . . .

 

to Bull Pot Farm . . .

 

the home of the Red Rose Caving Club

 

Eyes Right!!!

 

Taking lunch on Barbon Fell . . .

 

gives us time to admire the views . . .

 

across the Lune Valley . . .

 

to the Lakeland Fells in the distance

 

A short walk brings us to Brownthwaite Pike with an abundance of rocks . . .

 

and looking back the snow clouds gather in the distance . . .

 

then it's over the fields and back to the car park . . .

 

as the sun sets on a perfect day

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